AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Shadowy Mystery Boat

At Hastings, in the industrial area of Long Island Point, tucked back on a dirt road, is this rather odd large boat for sale.
It seems incomplete and the "for sale" sign seems to be as weathered as the boat.
And there seems to be no sign of life in buildings nearby.
Like the shadows around it, the boat is a shadowy mystery.

Strange weathered beauty
Large boat seems partly living
Shadowy secrets

This side is significantly peeling away.

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is hosted by Magical Mystical Teacher, Chubskulit + Gemma Wiseman


Unknown said...

He he beauty boat .
Klem Marit , Norway.

Hey Harriet said...

So did you buy it Gemma? ;)

Great shots and I like the old boat. Not quite enough to purchase it though. Hope you're having a great weekend!

robin. said...

..."come sail away, come sail away...come sail away with me"...come on who else had the styx song come to mind. i can't be the only one. nice shadow shot gemma!! great bones to that boat...just needs some tlc.

Unknown said...

beautiful capture! visiting from SSS2 :)

Margaret Gosden said...

I think it would be a great investment - it would be my
Noah's Ark to work on ! An interesting shot for
its shadowy illusions!

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting shadow shot for the day, Gemma! It does look as though no one has found it appealing. I think it's really cool! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend!


Anonymous said...

Good shadows, but I'm not so sure about the boat!!

Ms. Becky said...

Oh Gemma I love this shadow shot! it reminds me of The African Queen. so rusty and weathered, but it's a beauty. happy SSS to you. Wishing you a year of good cheer in 2012. take care now.

Ralph said...

I believe the old term 'rust bucket' is quite apt here! Built to last, the shame is that for a low purchase price (and lots of $) this could be ours. However, a boat out of water seems to be the oddest thing about this cool beauty!

Martha Z said...

It looks long forgotten.

Kelly said...

I guess it could go for scrap metal at this point. At least it provided you with some wonderful shadows!

Catherine said...

great shot although it doesn't seem to be much of a bargain!!

T... said...

great find for someone that likes to restore....wonderful shots

Euroangel said...

perfect shot for the meme!
have a lovely weekend!

mine is here

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I always kind of wonder what the story is. At one time it was new and shiny. It does look like it was never completed. And for some reason, even though I know nothing about watercraft, it looks almost homemade.

Cassie said...

Did you make an offer on the boat Gemma?! It looks quite large. You could build a studio inside it! Happy SSS.

Unknown said...

Great shadow shot, come on Gemma you should buy it, would be a wonderful "doer upper"for you for 2012. LOL!

Anonymous said...

There is a story there for sure - I wonder how much they want for it? It would make a great den for kids! - on land of course! (It doesn't look very seaworthy!)

Dianne said...

the 2nd shot makes the weathered wood look wonderful

LV said...

What a shame and waste. The wood looks like you could do wonders with it. At least, it provided great shadows.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Maybe a victim of the Credit Crunch! No money to finish it! Oh dear!

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Oh, my!!! It would seem that the boat is destined to stay there! Not very good marketing, eh? However, I am in love with all those weathered surfaces that are peeling away full of patina. I would be taking a million macro shots of that surface. Just to entertain my muse.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Are you buying it?

toby said...

Yes, it's a real fixer upper :) Great find for you, though!

Anonymous said... would be great!

Antonella said...

What a great picture - interesting textures on that boat, but I'm thinking I won't be purchasing it - lol!
Hugs, Antonella :-)
P.S. I am also participating in SSS2, and I've created a free printable / digi with the shadow quote this week...
join me here:

Costin Comba said...

so funny. I wonder who's gonna buy it.

Jazzbumpa said...

Umbra, penumbra,
Dark as Winter’s night; shadows
Save me from the light.


Seow wei said...

nice shadow shot, it's really old.

Eden said...

Great shots!

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful in a way. It looks like something from WW2.



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